Story: Ngāti Awa

Muriwai’s cave

Muriwai’s cave

Ngāti Awa people trace their ancestry from Toroa, captain of the Mataatua canoe which landed at Whakatāne. Toroa’s sister, Muriwai, was given responsibility for taking the sacred talisman from the canoe and depositing it in this cave.

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Layne Harvey, 'Ngāti Awa - Origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2022)

Story by Layne Harvey, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017